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Villanelle Lover

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2015-08-04 19.24.00

The key to a good villanelle is to come up with two lines that are genuinely attracted to each other but also wholly independent of each other, so that their final coupling will feel both inevitable and surprising.

Annie Finch, in introduction to Villanelles

I smiled when I read that. And before reading further, I paused to launch this blog post.

I thought of how I’ve heard it said that a good villanelle is like a great romance. So as I transcribed Finch’s words, I heard her sentence in my head with substitutions for two words: “The key to a good romance is to come up with two lovers that are genuinely attracted to each other but also wholly independent of each other, so that their final coupling will feel both inevitable and surprising.”

Romancing the Villanelle . . .

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Written by macheide

4 August 2015 at 8:12 pm

Quinoa and Black Beans

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Nothing’s no fun when what one says the other means,
by any words they’d choose tasting just as good
as how we go together, like quinoa and black beans.

Hope’s not sold at the market. Whatever the scenes
we’re given to play, don’t we have fun as we should?
Nothing’s no fun when what one says the other means.

As essential as protein are you! Were all cuisines
as super at what they do, go down easy they could
as how we go together, like quinoa and black beans.

One’s not truly tried things one thinks of as in betweens
the real things one cooks up for what’d be if one would.
Nothing’s no fun when what one says the other means

A ham sloppy joe, please. Or two BMT submarines.
Or what goes with catsup’s as near my neighborhood
as how we go together, like quinoa and black beans.

Seconds, dear. Let no love go lost in humdrum routines
where despair’s the menu and appetite’s misunderstood.
Nothing’s no fun when what one says the other means
as how we go together, like quinoa and black beans.

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5 October 2014 at 9:56 pm

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